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40 Last-minute Gifts on Amazon for the People You Almost Forgot

Best Last Minute Gifts
For the second-tier giftees in your life.

So you’ve gotten gifts for your mom, dad, and significant other (and if you haven’t, might we recommend our mom-, dad-, and significant other–themed gift guides), but what about the slightly less exciting people to shop for, like your stepbrother, cousin, and in-laws? We rounded up the best last-minute gifts for these people you’ve put off shopping for.

Your younger sibling who just moved into their first college apartment

Joseph Joseph Nesting Bowls Set
$38 at Amazon

Colorful nesting bowls that will set them up in the cooking department.

Note: Select standard or two-day shipping if you want this item to arrive by Christmas.

Your sister who listens to podcasts while she cooks

Unitek Portable Bluetooth Speaker
$11 at Amazon

A pint-size Bluetooth speaker that won’t take up too much real estate on the counter.

Your nephew who’s really into puzzles

Shengshou Mirror Speed Cubes
$9 at Amazon

Sleek Chinese mirror cubes for even the most fidgety of hands.

Your landlord who’s also a devoted plant mom

Grow Plant Refrigerator Magnets
$13 at Amazon

Little plant babies she can stick to her refrigerator.

Your dad who’s an adventurer

Freegrace Waterproof Dry Bag
$14 at Amazon

For the sailor or diver who always wants to get out on the water when he’s traveling — this dry bag will keep his tech gadgets safe.

Your cousin who just got into design school

Magma Sketchbook
$11 at Amazon

A design-y sketchbook that will help the budding illustrator or designer brainstorm ideas.

Your roommate who throws a lot of dinner parties

Fred & Friends Banana Wine Stop Topper
$8 at Amazon

A kawaii banana-shaped wine stopper to help keep her Chardonnay from going flat.

Your roommate who throws a lot of house parties

Satechi Bluetooth Button Series
$30 at Amazon

This little gadget will let him control the playlist and volume no matter where he’s mingling in the room.

Your brother who works a high-stress job

Squishy Stress Relief Balls
$11 at Amazon

An acupuncture session might be out of your budget, but these colorful little stress balls are a cheaper way to show your support.

Your niece who loves game nights

Lewo Wooden Stacking Building Blocks
$15 at Amazon

Jenga for creative kids.

Your foodie brother who loves cooking stir-fry

Wood Meets Color Kitchen Tongs
$14 at Amazon

That will help him grasp at hard-to-clutch items like noodles. (These metal chopsticks beloved by writer Maxine Builder are also a nice option.)

Your friend who never fails to tag you in a meme

What Do You Meme Adult Party Game
$30 at Amazon

The new meme party game from the creators of Fuck Jerry that would make an addictive best-friend gift.

Your friend whose dog has its own Instagram

Little Dove Pet Teepee
$37 at Amazon

A small kingdom for a pet-celebrity-in-training.

Your roommate who has a teething puppy

Planet Dog Orbee Tuff
$15 at Amazon

This cute artichoke-shaped chew-toy will help prevent their pup from driving you crazy.

Your very new boyfriend or girlfriend’s mother

Jonathan Adler Pop Candle
From $30 at Amazon

There is something just a little too intimate about a bath product for a woman you truly do not know (and may never see again), but you can’t go wrong with a Champagne-scented festive candle from Jonathan Adler. (Here’s another fail-proof candle we love.)

Your mother-in-law who says she doesn’t want anything

L’Occitane Ultra Rich Moisturizing Butter
$34 at Amazon

Introduce your martyr of a mother-in-law to the joys of a shea-butter, jasmine-scented L’Occitane lotion.

Your 13-year-old stepbrother who won’t shut up about “The Last Jedi”

Funko Pop Star Wars BB-8 Bobble Head
$9 at Amazon

A collectible bobblehead that would make a great desk accessory.

Your arty aunt

MoMA Sky Umbrella
$55 at Amazon

Our managing editor loves her Magritte-inspired sky umbrella, and has gifted it countless times (to much success).

Your cousin who likes to cook

Night + Market
$23 at Amazon

For the home cook who’s always adding more sriracha to their food, get them this Thai cookbook that comes recommended by author Andrea Nguyen as one of the best new cookbooks for foodies.

Your relatives hosting you for the weekend in the middle of nowhere

Big Boggle
$18 at Amazon

Boggle: a gift for them, and a gift for you; so you can play this instead of having to talk to one another!

Your office Secret Santa

Baggu Large Reusable Bag
$14 at Amazon

Even if you don’t know too much about the colleague in question, everyone could use an extra washable bag to schlep home their stuff — this one’s a fun print for running errands with and would fall under most Secret Santa price limits.

Your sullen father-in-law

Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen
$21 at Amazon

So he can spend the holidays not talking to anyone, tucked into the Boss’s memoir, a new(er) rock autobiography featuring one of New York’s December cover stars. (For more of the year’s best and most giftable books, click here and here.)

Your sullen father-in-law into tools

Bosch GLM 20 Compact Laser Measure
$44 at Amazon

An easy-to-use laser tape measure for the person who likes to tinker.

Your cousin who just visited you in New York

Exceptionlab Inc. Ten-Ounce Ceramic Cup
$13 at Amazon

Remember the bad deli coffee you got together near Times Square with this ceramic “We Are Happy to Serve You” cup that they can store their pens in.

Note: This one may not arrive in time for Christmas, but the three-ounce version will.

Your bro-y brother who is not a vegetarian

Naked Cow All-Natural Grass-Fed Beef Jerky Sampler
$22 at Amazon

He doesn’t have to know this beef jerky is GMO-free, MSG-free, and sugar-free. It comes in three flavors: smoke, honey, and fire.

Your sister-in-law’s 1-year-old

Tegu Block Set
$31 at Amazon

A child psychologist told us that these magnetic Tegu blocks are “a really good way to promote early STEM and math skills.” (For more of the best 1-year-old gifts, click here.)

Note: This set may not arrive before Christmas, but Tegu’s natural-wood block sets will.

Your sister-in-law’s 3-year-old

Haba Plush Watermelon With 5 Velcro Slices
$15 at Amazon

Nothing cuter than a sliceable plush water melon.

Your Italian grandmother

Frankies 457 Spuntino Extra Virgin Olive Oil
$31 at Amazon

Culty Sicilian olive oil from the owners of New York mini-chain Frankies. (For more gifts she might like, click here.)

Your brother or sister’s hip girlfriend

Grown Alchemist Body Cleanser
$29 at Amazon

An under-the-radar organic cleanser that smells a little earthy and will look great in any bathroom.

Your sister or brother’s hip boyfriend

Jason Markk Repel Premium Stain and Water
$30 at Amazon

All the shoe-cleaning tools needed to waterproof a pair of pristine Common Projects sneakers or pricey leather boots.

Your aunt about to go on a cruise

Zoppen RFID Blocking Travel Passport
$16 at Amazon

Have her pack this theftproof wallet, with more pockets and slots than she’ll ever need.

Your new girlfriend who said she didn’t want anything

Lego Rose
$30 at Amazon

You should still get her a little token anyway — like this romantic (but playful) Lego rose.

Your cousin who stalks the Skin-Care Addiction Reddit

Nooni Marshmallow Whip Maker
$12 at Amazon

A delightful Cool Whip–esque cleanser from Korean beauty brand Nooni.

Your 16-year-old brother

Umbra Pongo Portable Table-Tennis Set
$30 at Amazon

So he can skulk off with his friends and play ping-pong in the basement.

Your 11-year-old brother

PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone-Controlled Paper Airplane
$40 at Amazon

A smartphone-controlled paper airplane (that’ll get him out of the house).

Your cousin who’s about to do a semester abroad

Herschel Supply Co. Packable Backpack
$30 at Amazon

This packable Herschel Supply Co. backpack smooshes down to the size of an iPhone. See other travel accessories that frequent travelers love here.

Your goofy uncle

Fisher Space Pen
From $19 at Amazon

He’ll get a kick out of this space pen (which can write at any angle and at any temperature).

Note: The green-color pen may not arrive before Christmas, but colors like pink and purple will.

Your sister who likes a stiff drink

Fifty/Fifty Vacuum-Insulated Wine Growler
$25 at Amazon

Spirits and cocktail writer Lou Bustamante tipped us off to insulated wine flasks that you can fill with your favorite wine or chilled cocktail and take with you to picnics or the beach. His Hydro Flask recommendation is sold out, but this one’s a nice substitution.

Your sister into wellness

Zafu Crescent Meditation Pillow
$29 at Amazon

A colorful meditation cushion for the person who’s always trying to feel more Zen, one that makes a good floor pillow.

Your relative you want to spend no more than $5 on

Nite Ize DoohicKey Key
$4 at Amazon

A multi-tool (it’s a bottle opener, ruler, box cutter, carabiner, and flat-head screwdriver) that doubles as a key chain.

Your sister’s college roommate who you have absolutely zero salient facts about

Jackery Bar Premium External Battery Charger
$25 at Amazon

There is no one who couldn’t use a little extra juice for her phone. (It can provide the equivalent of two to three full charges, and comes in a rainbow of fun colors.)

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